Have you ever wondered how people figured out their latitude back in the days before the Internet? Did you know you can use the same math trick they used to pinpoint your latitude today?...
In this special edition of 60-Second Science Video, two numbers compete. Which is larger? The number of possible positions in the ancient game of go or the number of atoms in the entire universe?...
Caltech theoretical physicist Sean M. Carroll talks about his new book The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself. (Dutton, 2016)
Caltech theoretical physicist Sean M. Carroll talks about the necessary connections among the various ways we have of describing the universe.
Brain studies suggest new ways to improve reading, writing and arithmetic—and even social skills
Film and book reviews from Scientific American’s May 2016 issue
The development of statistics, probability theory, game theory and chaos theory owes a lot to people trying to figure out various games of chance.
Mathematician and author Adam Kucharski talks about his new book The Perfect Bet: How Science and Math Are Taking the Luck Out of Gambling (Basic Books, 2016).
Mathematician Ken Ono describes how an inspiring mentor helped him redefine his relationship with numbers in this excerpt from his new book, written with mathematics writer Amir Aczel
Processing high-level math concepts uses the same neural networks as the basic math skills a child is born with
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In a world filled with complex networks, can mathematical tools bring order and predictability to the chaos? Nature Video finds out. This article was reproduced with permission and was first published on February 17, 2016...
In this special edition of 60-Second Science Video, two numbers compete. Which is larger? The number of tiny LEGO bricks it would take to build the Great Pyramid or the number of trees on Earth?...
What do you get when you put a real and an imaginary number together? A complex number. No, not a complicated number (although it is kind of complicated). We’re talking about an entirely new set of numbers dubbed “complex”...
Last digits of nearby primes have "anti-sameness" bias
The mathematical odyssey, plus a guide to calculating pi for yourself
The mathematician is a scientific matchmaker, famous for collaborating with researchers from many disciplines and pairing others
Do you know what a limit is in math? Do you know how to define a circle using this idea? And do you know why you might want to? Keep on reading to find out!
The discovery of ripples in spacetime will vindicate Einstein—but it can also do so much more